|Breg, Breaca, Braith, Berrach, Braciaca (Freckled Trout) Brac (Malt) Brígid ní Dubhthach, Bricia ní Cass Cualigne, Brighid bhoidheach (Bride the Beautiful, Bride of the White Hills) Brí Betach (Power) Bríga (Rising) Berched (The Exalted One) Caelestis Brigantia [Bó + Righinn + Dia] (Slender Cow Goddess) Britomartis, Matres Brittae (The Three Blessed Ladies of Britain) Bréothigernd (Flame Lady) Breo-Saighit (Fiery Arrow) Brisen, Brisane, Briallen (Primrose) Adsuelta, Sulevia, Sulis, Sulgwenn (Shining Sun) Solusbrethnach (Shining Dawn) Ffraid, Fintigernd (Fair One) Alarch Leamhain (Swan of Leamhain) Griffin of Gabhran, Lady of the Shores, Lady of Durlas, Aíbell (Most Beautiful) Triduana (Three Elements) Uasal (Noble) Bann Uasal (Noble Woman)|
Brighid, The Good Shepherdess, presides over the cradle of the new born infant. It is a common practise for the women of the Isles to hang rowan [quickbeam / quicken / mountain ash] crosses over their cradles whilst reciting a charm or prayer to Brighid to invoke her protection. The 9 fold blessing is given to new borns as baptism. The child is passed across flames 3 times, carried round flames 3 times, before recieving the water baptism:
A small wave for your form
9th Wave of the Sea: Sterile women perform rituals at La Lanzada beach, Galicia, where 9 successive waves wash over them and will help them become pregnant. (35:10)
Brigid, excellent woman, sudden flame, may the bright fiery sun take us to the lasting kingdom.
Briseis, whose real name was Hippodamïa, was the daughter of Brisês, brother of the priest Chrysês. She was the concubine of Achillês; but when Achillês bullied Agamemnon for not giving Chryseïs to her father, who offered a ransom for her, Agamemnon turned upon him and said he would let Chryseïs go, but should take Briseis instead.—Homer: Iliad, i.
A Dé, a mo ruri-sea
|(pron. BREE-jihd, BREE-hit, BREED, BREE, BREE-guh, BREE-ahl-len, SOOL-gwen, OO-a-sal) Celtic sun goddess of ale, healing springs, fertility - cows never go dry, poetry, inspiration, marriage & Edinburgh who plucked out her eyes rather than submit to the advances of Nechtan: Descendant of the Waters, King of the Picts. She and her brother the Daghda: Good Good were born as acorns from Bel: The Sacred Oak when he was fertilized by Ainu: Water from Heaven. She is the goddess of the 3 suns of the seasons. She has golden brown or yellow hair, wears a green mantle, carries a harp and can take the form of a white swan.
Her mantle is magical and heals all afflictions. She can be seen hanging it to dry on a sunbeam.
In Tir-na-Moe: The Land of the Living Heart, Brigit sings with the earth as the Flame of the 2 Eternities telling the De Danaans: Water from Heaven People she will put her mantle round the Earth as it has dreamed of beauty. Bringing the dawn & the morning star to the abyss of the earth. The gifts of the rain-people are the 4 Jewels. At age 9 She took the jewels from the King of Leinsters sword and sold them for food. 3rd wife of Fionn Mac Cumhail: White God. She lives in a castle on a lake and takes the form of a white trout. Her brother is Brendan: Navigator. In the Legend of Cong: White Trout she was caught and put into a frying pan by a blackguard, but however many times he turned the fish he could not brown it. Finally when he cut the fish in frustration with a knife, the white trout turned into the beautiful goddess dressed in white, with a band of gold in her hair and a stream of blood running down her arm. She threatened to turn him into a pinkeen for the rest of his days and hunt him down in the river if he did not reform. He reformed and she turned back into a trout and he placed her back in the river. Her virgin priestesses at Cille Daire / Kildare: Church of the Oak called Ceills / Kelles: Preservers of Fire tended a sacred fire never allowed to burn out. There were 19 of them to symbolize the Celtic Great Year. They are called Igheav Andagha: Daughters of the Fire. 19 night fire watch & on the 20th it was left untouched, & kept itself alight miraculously. A cill is a cell of 19 flame keepers, with Brighid the 20th keeper. St. Breaca: Freckled Trout traveled from Kildare, Ireland, to Cornwall where two churches, Breage, are named for her. Known as the most generous women of her time in Ireland. Wherever she steps flowers and clovers grow. Her sacred plant is the rowan and the scallop shell. As St Brigid her breath gives new life to the dead. February 1st, Lá Fheill Brighid: Brigids Festival / Imbolc: To Purify Oneself, a Celtic fertility day where she kindles fire in the Earth [fire-in-water], preparing the way for Spring. Fires are blessed Women gather and make an image of her as a white Maiden with a crystal over her heart. She is placed in a basket. Straw crosses made of rushes are hung on the door. Brigits white serpent comes out of the mound in which it hibernates, and its behavior is thought to determine the length of the remaining period of frost. Fion Sméar: Blackberry Wine is drunk to the health of Saint
Brigid and it promotes fertility. Betony is known in Welsh as St. Brides comb: Bishops flower and is used for the May Day fire. A bride is a name for the last sheaf of harvest wheat. Brighid the 2-Faced One. In legends is described as having 1 side of her face black and ugly, and the other white and beautiful. The Mystery of Bride is to be found in the annual transformation of the cailleach, the hag of winter, into the fair maiden of Spring. The augury of Brigid is called frith. Archaelogists have uncovered wooden carvings of afflicted body parts she was to heal.
Her wailing after the death of her son Ruadán: Rowan was the first keening. In Crete she is called Britomartis Tobar Bríde: Brideswell, Tír Breg: Brigids Isles, Bri Leith (Bri + consort Leith. pronounced BREE-LAY), Brigantia / Britain / Prydan, Brittany, Bregenz, St. Bridgets Bush and Stone in Ballybuggy (11, 45, 47, 48, 58, 60, 63, 64, 71, 74, 76, 79,80, 84, 88, 89, 97, 105, 123, 150, 161) |